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North Carolina Coal Ash Ponds | by Greenpeace USA 2016
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North Carolina Coal Ash Ponds

A Greenpeace activist protesting the destruction and pollution caused by coal at the Progress Asheville Power Station looks out at the coal ash ponds from one of the platforms on a smokestack at the plant February 13, 2012. Activists have secured themselves to the coal loader and conveyers, which will prevent coal from entering the facility. The Progress Energy owned Asheville Power Station uses the most destructive form of coal mining, mountain top removal, which is flattening mountains across Appalachia. The plant produces 1,994 pounds of sulfur dioxide, 788 pounds of nitrogen oxides, and 2,629,243 tons of carbon dioxide. Its coal ash ponds are designated ‘high hazard’ by the EPA, meaning they are likely to kill people if they spill. Photo by Greenpeace

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Taken on February 13, 2012